We were supposed to be somewhere else tonight [for a book-signing event] and the former owner of the place was one of the people I talked to and he was one of the people who said yes, we would love to have Stone in Chicago. He was a great publican and a great force in Chicago. The circumstances have changed at that place now and he’s no longer there. We were supposed to have our event there and at the last minute they said, here’s what you need to do. You need to give us X, Y, and Z free and discounted in order to come here. Not only were we not able to comply because that’s against our standards (and against IL law, which we respect and follow), we were kicked out of their bar altogether, off all of their taps.
Koch called the Chicago beer business, “thoroughly corrupt,” in a November 2010 story published in Crain’s Chicago Business.
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Breweries: Stone Brewing Co.